Department of Labor

Connecticut Department Of Labor

Federal Programs, Benefit Year End




As expected with the declining unemployment rate, Connecticut has triggered off the federal Extended Benefits program. Extended Benefits, a 13-week extension to regular state unemployment benefits, expire when the state’s three-month average unemployment rate falls below 6.5%. Approximately half of the state’s close to 45,000 weekly filers are currently using Extended Benefits and will be notified that the program ends on January 8, 2022. 



CARES Act programs expired on September 4, 2021 in Connecticut. 

Some filers, such as those who have open claims in the adjudications or appeals process, may still be eligible for payments for benefit weeks prior to 9/4/21.


  • Each unemployment claim is effective for 52 weeks. When you are at the end of your benefit year, you will be notified to re-submit your claim using the blue button.
  • Once your claim is processed, you may file your weekly certification.


Press Releases

Please visit our press releases page for information related to unemployment programs.


Check Your Benefits

Always navigate to your account page from For security purposes, CTDOL will never send a link which goes directly to your account login page. Navigate to your account using the official CTDOL website to avoid phishing schemes. Never give out your username or password. If you think your account has been compromised or you see unauthorized changes, report this to the Consumer Contact Center.

What’s next?

For job seekers:

  • Contact one of the CTDOL American Job Centers for job search assistance including career counseling, employment workshops, job postings, and recruitment events.
  • Register on CTHires, the state’s job bank, to search for postings by employer, field of expertise, or geographical location.


If you have any questions, please call the Consumer Contact Center. Calling in the morning at the end of the week can help avoid a wait for a claims agent, or schedule a callback using our appointment feature.


If You Need Additional Help:

The United Way's 2-1-1 program is a free referral service with information about community services, basic needs assistance, crisis intervention, and more. The program operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers multilingual operators and TTY access. You can reach this service by calling 2-1-1, toll-free, from anywhere in Connecticut.